"Wet Painters" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season three. In this episode, SpongeBob and Patrick paint the inside of Mr. Krabs' house.



"It's a slow day at the Krusty Krab", and SpongeBob and Patrick are tearing the place down and getting themselves hurt because Squidward tricked them into thinking it would attract customers. Mr. Krabs found this out and sentenced the two to do a super, special, secret assignment (which is just painting the inside of his house, but they both think it is real super, special, and secret). But Mr. Krabs tells them that the paint they are using is permanent. So if they get paint, even a drop, on anything except the wall, he will cut off their butts and place them above his fireplace. SpongeBob sees that Mr. Krabs has so many items, and tells Patrick he decides to move the items first. Patrick says that there is no need to move the items because they are not paid to move items.

Then they place a tarp, but it is just a small tarp, so they put down more tarps. SpongeBob takes out a huge brush but decides to use a tiny brush. SpongeBob takes it out, and then, six hours later, carefully paints a drop onto the wall, which begins dropping. SpongeBob (in a panic that it may get onto an item) blows on it to change direction, and blow dries it off the wall, only to have created a giant paint bubble. Patrick blows another giant bubble shortly after, and the two merge. SpongeBob assures that the bubble cannot get any bigger, but Patrick says "Nonsense!" and inflates the bubble, causing it to pop, covering Mr. Krabs' whole house in paint, without getting a drop on anything... except on Mr. Krabs' first dollar (which is extremely small)!

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SpongeBob tries wiping the stain off with his tie, but it only makes the dollar covered in paint. Then they try a couple more things to get it off, including washing it in a washing machine, spraying it, using a saw, beating it up with a club and using a computer (which Patrick just uses to smash it), but all fail. Then they decide to put another dollar on the wall. Patrick takes out a dollar from his wallet, but Patrick uses it to buy a candy bar from Mr. Krabs' candy machine instead. SpongeBob looks into a mirror, assuring that he shall overcome panic through strength... just as Mr. Krabs approaches his door, thus making SpongeBob's reflection leave him on his own. SpongeBob panics, but comes up with an idea to hide the stained dollar.

Mr. Krabs opens the door to his house to find the lights turned off. He turns them on and sees his house is tidy, and no bubbles. SpongeBob and Patrick are about to leave, but Mr. Krabs panics, and they think Mr. Krabs finds out about the stained dollar. They apologize, but Mr. Krabs is just surprised that they dusted his knickknacks. He panics again, SpongeBob and Patrick apologize again, but he is surprised about the painted floor molding. He panics again because he finds out that they messed up with his dollar...rama. One of his dolls in the doll collection is not upright. He says that they can go home now, but then runs into a pile of paintings where his dollar usually went and moves away each one to find SpongeBob covering the dollar.

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Mr. Krabs soon takes him out of the way to find his first dollar stained by paint and drawn by crayon (Patrick thinks Mr. Krabs will buy it). SpongeBob and Patrick are afraid to have their rear ends cut off, but he licks the dollar, and the paint (including the crayon marking) comes off of the dollar. The two are confused, and Mr. Krabs says the paint actually comes off with saliva. SpongeBob thinks that Mr. Krabs said that the paint was permanent so they would be extra careful, but Mr. Krabs said he tricked them just for fun, and laughs at his own jest, causing SpongeBob and Patrick to leave in disgust. Unfortunately, Mr. Krabs laughs so hard that he spits all over the place, causing all the paint to melt from the walls. He groans in disappointment as he realizes this and mutters to himself that he really needs to learn how to "say it, not spray it."



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Keel Row - Brian Peters [title card]
  ? - drum roll
  Superquick (b) - Daniel Jean Jeannin ["A one-way ticket to pain!"]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band ["What the devilfish is going on out here?"]
  The Main Event - Gregor F. Narholz [SpongeBob and Patrick assigned to paint Krabs' house]
  Terror by Night - Hubert Clifford ["This here paint is absolutely permanent."]
  Ta-Ra (c) - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy [setting out the tarp]
  Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr ["Now that's what I'm talking about!"]
  Unease - Dick Stephen Walter [opening paint cans]
  On Fire - Gregor F. Narholz [Patrick hits paint can with ax]
  House of Horror - W. Merrick Farran [SpongeBob and Patrick scream as the drop of paint goes out of the pot/SpongeBob tries to warn himself of being careful with the permanent paint/The paint starts going down the wall.]
  ? - harp music
  House of Horror - W. Merrick Farran [drop of paint on Krabs' dollar]
  Graveyard - Johnny Pearson ["We're dead, Patrick!"]
  Shock - Cornelus Joh Bolten [SpongeBob smears the paint with his tie]
  Dramatic Impact 3 - Ivor Slaney [SpongeBob and Patrick's butts mounted on the wall]
  Secret Service - Syd Dale [trying to get the paint off]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Hey, a dollar!"]
  The Beast Within - Paddy Kingsland [Patrick puts the dollar in a candy machine]
  Dramatic Cue (b) - Ronald Hanmer [SpongeBob screams]
  Finders Creepers - Paddy Kingsland ["You both look like you got a dirty little secret."]
  Tales from the Swamp (c) - Ron Goodwin ["Flipping fish fossils! Look what you did!"]
  Finders Creepers - Paddy Kingsland ["You dusted all my knickknacks!"]
  Tales from the Swamp (c) - Ron Goodwin ["Great Barrier Reef! What's this?!"]
  Finders Creepers - Paddy Kingsland [floor molding]
  Tales from the Swamp (a) - Ron Goodwin ["Criminy jim jam! You messed up my dollar... rama!"]
  Steel Sting (a) - Jeremy Wakefield ["Oh well, I guess no harm done."]
  Footsteps of Horror - W. Merrick Farran [stack of paintings]
  Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr ["There we go, good as new."]
  Steel Licks (a) - Jeremy Wakefield ["But, but, but, but..."]
  Steel Licks - Jeremy Wakefield [Paint comes off with saliva.]
  Try On and On (a) - Hans Ehrlinger [ending]



  • "Wet Painters" was ranked #92 during the Best Day Ever event on November 9–10, 2006.


  • After "Help Wanted" and "Bubblestand"
  • 9:05 AM: SpongeBob dips his paintbrush into the paint.
  • 10:05 AM: After the "one hour later" time card is shown, SpongeBob appears to be sweating.
  • 12:05 PM: After the "two hours later" time card is shown, SpongeBob's sweat becomes bigger and creates a puddle.
  • 3:05 PM: After the "three hours later" time card is shown, Patrick says, "Can you move it along? I'm all out of time cards." SpongeBob's sweat and puddle get bigger and SpongeBob puts a drop of paint onto the wall.
  • 3:30 PM: Mr. Krabs gets home.
  • One hour later
  • Two hours later
  • Three hours later (it is later held by Patrick, who broke the fourth wall)
  • Here is the order the paintings on the stack:
    • A clown with a teardrop (similar to one of Squidward's self portraits in "Squid's Visit")
    • A car race with the red car winning
    • Some shapes that are similar to art did by Piet Mondrian
    • A banana
    • Painty the Pirate
  • In this episode, Mr. Krabs is heard saying "You messed up my dollar," rather than his usual "me."
  • This is the second episode where SpongeBob is given the job to paint something by Mr. Krabs. The first is "Sailor Mouth."
  • In Bahasa Indonesia, Mr. Krabs says "dollar lama" when pointing to his doll-a-rama, since there is no direct translation of "doll-a-rama." Also, the dubber of Mr. Krabs makes a mistake by saying "dollar lama," or "old dollar" in English.
    • Also, instead of saying "super," SpongeBob and Patrick say "supper."
  • Running gag: SpongeBob and Patrick trying to get the paint off the dollar.
  • Part of Patrick's quote, "Two giant paint bubbles!" was used in DoodleBob and the Magic Pencil (unofficial game).
  • It is later revealed how Mr. Krabs got his first dollar in "Friend or Foe."
  • The scene where the paint gets everywhere is very popular in YouTube Poops.
  • In the Arabic version, on the network MBC3, two scenes are removed: Mr. Krabs shown relaxing with SpongeBob and Patrick's butts cut off and mounted on the wall, and Patrick washing the dollar in a washing machine.
  • At one point, Mr. Krabs sings "Blow the Man Down," the sea shanty that the SpongeBob SquarePants Theme Song is based on.
  • A picture of Popeye is visible among the pictures in Mr. Krabs' house.
  • This episode was set to premiere with "Doing Time," but aired with "Krusty Krab Training Video."
  • The way that SpongeBob says "yeah" after blowing the steam with the hairdryer is the same way he says it in "MuscleBob BuffPants" and "Prehibernation Week."
  • The storyboard version has a deleted scene with SpongeBob saying "I dedicate this crash to my best friend, Squidward."
  • Irony: SpongeBob and Patrick could have just flipped the dollar and put it back on the wall, however considering they both are not very smart, they might not have known they could.
  • Only two drops of paint (SpongeBob's single-strand brush and Patrick's bubble) are used to paint the whole room.
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"We have technology!"

  • The scene where Patrick says "We have technology" has become a popular YouTube meme.
  • In the Polish dub, the episode's title is "Świeżo malowane," which translates to "Wet Paint."
  • In the Serbian dub, this episode is called "Sveže Ofarbani," which translates to "Freshly Painted."
  • In the Bulgarian dub, this episode is called "Бояджии," which translates to "Painters."
  • In the Finnish dub, this episode is called "Maalarit," which translates to "Painters."
  • In the French dub, this episode is called "Les Peintres du Dimanche," which translates to "The Painters of Sunday."
  • In the German dub, this episode is called "Anstreicher," which translates to "Painter."
  • In the Russian dub, this episode is called "Маляры," which translates to "Painters."
  • In the Czech dub, this episode is called "Malování," which translates to "Painting."
  • In the Japanese dub, this episode is called "壁塗りは大変," which translates to "Wall Painting is Serious."
  • In the Korean dub, this episode is called "페인트 소동," which translates to "Paint Commotion."
  • In the Taiwanese Mandarin dub, this episode is called "油漆風波," which translates "Paint Storm."
  • In the Croatian dub, this episode is called "Trajna Farba," which translates to "Permanent Paint."
  • In the Hebrew dub, this episode is called "הצבעים," which translates to "The Paint."
  • A pink version of Mr. Krabs and a yellow version of Pearl can be seen in one of the photos.
  • In "Bubblestand," Patrick can't blow bubbles, but in this episode, he can. This episode most likely takes place after that one.
  • This is the first episode to feature a normal computer. The computer featured has a CRT monitor.
  • After a long line of time cards, Patrick is shown holding the last one, breaking the fourth wall.

Cultural references

  • The episode's plot is similar to the 1997 film Bean, where Mr. Bean ruins and devastates the Whistler's Mother portrait with ink.
  • Also, the exploded bubble paint that completely paints the wall without (or almost) touching decors is similar to the plot of the Mr. Bean episode "Do-It-Yourself Mr. Bean," where he uses a dynamite to explode the paint can in his room where the objects are wrapped in newspaper (or almost).
  • One of the pictures on the wall is very similar to the paintings of the 1920-1930's Dutch painter Piet Mondrian.
  • The "Hanging around" Joke may be a reference to the pilot of Full House.


  • Due to an error, the 1998 Klasky Csupo logo from Nickelodeon's animated TV series Rugrats was seen instead of the normal logo on airings of the episode from 2002 to 2006. See the sister episode "Krusty Krab Training Video" for more information.
  • After SpongeBob rubs the dollar with his tie the second time, there is still some green on the dollar. In the next shot, it is completely covered with paint.
  • The paint somehow gets smeared on both sides of the dollar.
  • While SpongeBob and Patrick say "but" after the paint on the dollar is removed by saliva, SpongeBob's front teeth appears to be one rather than two.
  • The door at Mr. Krabs' house switches left to right. When he advises the two, he opens the door, but after, the handle switches to the right.
  • When SpongeBob and Patrick try to wash the paint off the dollar with the laundry machine, the wall is not painted. When they use a fan, the wall is painted. When SpongeBob uses a bat on Patrick, the wall is not painted again, and when Patrick smashes the dollar with the computer, the wall is painted again. The reason why the wall is not painted, because of that early shots animate, before going outside.
  • The closed-captions read "(screams)" when SpongeBob yells "No!" The captions also read "BOTH: We're sorry Mr. Krabs" when SpongeBob says "We're sorry Mr. Krabs" and Patrick says "We're so sorry."
  • When Patrick draws a green dollar sign and a face on the dollar, he uses a blue crayon.
  • Comcast says that this episode and its sister, "Krusty Krab Training Video," were first aired on January 17, 2005.
  • When Mr. Krabs bumps into and then notices the stack of paintings covering his dollar, there are numerous paintings, but when he is seen taking them off, there are a few only a few paintings.


Two Giant Paint Bubbles

Two Giant Paint Bubbles


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Awards and nominations for SpongeBob SquarePants (VE)

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Best Sound Editing in Television Animation – Music

Nominees: Stephen Hillenburg, Donna Castricone, Nicholas R. Jennings, Alan Smart, Peter Burns, Doug Lawrence, Derek Drymon, Alex Gordon, Donna Grillo, Jennie Monica, Krandal Crews, Jim Leber, Justin Brinsfield, Tony Ostyn, Nicolas Carr (for "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy"/"Pickles;" 2000)Nicolas Carr (for "Fools in April"/"Neptune's Spatula" in 2001; for "Jellyfish Hunter"/"The Fry Cook Games" in 2002; for "Wet Painters"/"Krusty Krab Training Video" in 2003; for "The Great Snail Race"/"Mid-Life Crustacean" in 2004) • Jimmy Lifton, D.J. Lynch, Jeff Hutchins, Tony Ostyn and Paulette Lifton (for "Mid-Life Crustacean;" 2004)

Best Sound Editing in Television Animation – Sound

Nominees: Nicolas Carr (for "Karate Choppers;" 2000) • Andrea Anderson, Jimmy Lifton, Monette Holderer, D.J. Lynch, Vincent Gutisetti, Jeff Hutchins and Gabriel Rosas (for "Rock Bottom"/"Arrgh!;" 2001)

Best Sound Editing in Television – Animation

Nominees: Timothy J. Borquez, Jeff Hutchins and Daisuke Sawa (for "The Secret Box"/"Band Geeks;" 2002)

Best Sound Editing in Television Animation

Nominees: Jimmy Lifton, Jeff Hutchins, Tony Ostyn and Chris Gresham (for "Nasty Patty"/"Idiot Box;" 2012)

Best Sound Editing in Television: Animated

Nominees: Jimmy Lifton, Nicolas Carr, D.J. Lynch, Jeff Hutchins, Tony Ostyn, Chris Gresham and Paulette Lifton (for "Pranks a Lot"/"SpongeBob Meets the Strangler;" 2005) • Vincent Gutisetti, Jimmy Lifton, Nicolas Carr, Monique Reymond, D.J. Lynch, Mark Howlett, Jeff Hutchins, Aran Tanchum, Mishelle Smith and Paulette Lifton (for "Have You Seen This Snail?;" 2006)Nicolas Carr, Mishelle Fordham, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Timothy J. Borquez, Tom Syslo, Jason Stiff, Tony Orozco and Kimberlee Vanek (for "SpongeHenge;" 2008)

Best Sound Editing: Television Animation

Nominees: : Chiho Oyamada Carr, Nicolas Carr, Mishelle Fordham, Daisuke Sawa, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Timothy J. Borquez, Tom Syslo, Eric Freeman, Dan Cubert, Lawrence Reyes, Jason Stiff, Tony Orozco and Kimberlee Vanek (for "Suction Cup Symphony;" 2009) • Chino Oyamada Carr, Nicolas Carr, Mishelle Fordham, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Timothy J. Borquez, Eric Freeman, Tom Syslo, Keith Dickens, Jason Stiff, Sergio Silva, Tony Orozco and Kimberlee Vanek (for "SpongeBob SquarePants vs. The Big One;" 2010)

Best Sound Editing – Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue and ADR Animation in Television

Nominees: Devon Bowman, Justin Brinsfield, Nicolas Carr, Andrea Anderson, Mishelle Fordham, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Eric Freeman, Tony Orozco and Danny Tchibinda (for "Gary's New Toy;" 2013) • Mishelle Fordham, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Timothy J. Borquez, Tom Syslo, Eric Freeman, Bobby Crew, Keith Dickens, Gabriel Rossas and Tony Orozco (for "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!;" 2013)

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